By Godwin Oritse
THE Tin-Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated the sum of N90 billion at end of the third quarter (July-September) of the this year, just as it confiscated 16 containers containing banned items.
Disclosing this to newsmen yesterday, Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), AlhajiÂ A. H. Aliyu, said the amount was a far cry from the revenue target of N210 billion, adding that global economic recession has affected the rate of imports.
Aliyu explained that he only took over the administration of the Command about a month ago and about N10 billion was realised in the month of September.
He said from the N10 billion collected in September, N6.137 billion was paid into the federation account as against N3.7 billion that was paid into the non-federation account.
â€œBetween the 2nd and 25th of the month under review, over 16 containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV)Â were also seized and five suspects were also arrested in connection with seized containers,â€ he said.
The containers which were shown to newsmen containÂ furniture, wood and other prohibited items.
The Commandâ€™s boss also said the first thing he did was to blockÂ all revenue leakages and restructure the process of releasing of goods.
He disclosed that despite the measures put in place to check mate the activities of smugglers and agents, they (agents and smugglers) have devised a new way of beating the law.
â€œMost of the prohibited and seizedÂ goods were cleared with fake documents and we have discovered that the amount of paid duty reflecting on bank receipts are always at variance with the actual duty on the our ASYCUDA system.
â€œWhat they do is make underpayment and present a bank receipt showing full payment, and what we decided to do is to confirm all duty payment from our ASYCUDA system
â€œAn ASYCUDA officer has been sent from Abuja to assist us in detecting such underpayment.
Aliyu also said that he met with relevant stakeholders and intimated them on the need to follw due process in the course of clearing their goods from the port.